Monday, November 19, 2012

from: JK
to: ""
date: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM
subject: Tattoo meaning if any?

I got this tattoo 17 years ago in NYC. Tattoos were not totally legal in the city yet and I was underage. Internet was not in full swing either. The tattoos were supposed to have read, "Strength and Courage." I'm sure they don't. LoL! If you could tell me what the characters mean (if anything), I would appreciate it.



小畜 "little animal" and 大過 "big mistake".


  1. "小畜" and "大過" are from I-Ching (Classic of Changes. I-Ching is the oldest Chinese classic text.
    "小畜" and "大過" literally mean "little brute" and "big mistake" respectively.
    In I-Ching, means "Great Exceeding" and "Small Harvest" respectively.
    But it's still weird to see someone got these tattoo...